Collaborations in the development and delivery of frugal innovations in medical devices

Sanghamitra Chakravarty is a PhD Researcher in International Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University, Rotterdam). Her interest lies at the interface of technology, society and development. Her PhD research explores to what extent (frugal) innovation can bridge long term economic growth with inclusive development. The focus is on affordable medical devices suitable for resource constraint settings which enable access to better healthcare for consumers who are price conscious by necessity.

Using evidence from medical device firms in South Africa, Sanghamitra will explain to what extent frugal innovation can reconcile the tensions between long term economic growth and inclusive development. She will use her experience as a chemical engineer by training with experience in managing government science, technology and innovation programmes in India and Oman.